Lt (jg) Warren Omark, VT-24 (June 1944)

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Lt (jg) Warren Omark, VT-24 (June 1944)

Post by Franklin » 12 Feb 2007 03:37

Hi!

Which the name and rank of the turret gunner and radioman-gunner of Lt. Warren Omark, when he flew the TBF-1C Avenger, White 9, of VT 24 abord CVL-24 Belleau Wood, in the "mission beyond darkness" in First Battle of the Philippine, June 20, 1944?

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Post by Ron Klages » 15 Feb 2007 20:15

Franklin,

Here are the names and ranks.

Lt.(jg.) Warren R. Omark
ARM2/c R. E. Ranes
AMM2/c J.E. Prince

Source is the book Avenger at War by Barrett Tillman


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Thank's a lot!

Post by Franklin » 26 Feb 2007 03:22

:D :D :D

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Re: Lt (jg) Warren Omark, VT-24 (June 1944)

Post by Edward L. Hsiao » 24 Jun 2019 10:24

As I recall Omark in his Avenger had torpedoed an Japanese aircraft carrier before losing his life by enemy fire. He must have been awarded the Navy Cross after his death.

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Re: Lt (jg) Warren Omark, VT-24 (June 1944)

Post by R Leonard » 24 Apr 2020 15:14

Catching up.

I believe information on Warren Roderick Omark being killed in action is in error, though, yes, he was decorated with the Navy Cross. USN records show him a LTJG assigned to VF-152 at NAS Atlantic City NJ in March 1945; promoted to LT on 1 May 1945; and still assigned to VF-152, now at NAAF Brown Field CA, on 21 September 1945 when the squadron was disestablished.

Might want to note the beginning of his citation for the Navy Cross: "The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant [then Lieutenant, Junior Grade] Warren Roderick Omark, United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron TWENTY-FOUR (VT-24), attached to the U.S.S. BELLEAU WOOD (CVL-24), in action against major units of the Japanese fleet west of the Marianas Islands during the first Battle of the Philippine Sea, on 20 June 1944 . . ." Obviously since he's a Lieutenant at time of award and Lieutenant (JG) at time of the action, he survived. In fact, Omark died on 5 March 2011.

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Re: Lt (jg) Warren Omark, VT-24 (June 1944)

Post by Edward L. Hsiao » 06 May 2020 07:07

Thank you for the information on Omark and of surving WWII. Did he remaining in the US Navy after WWII to get into high rank?

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Re: Lt (jg) Warren Omark, VT-24 (June 1944)

Post by R Leonard » 06 May 2020 15:26

Omark left active duty after the war, but remained in the Naval Reserve. He was promoted to lieutenant commander on 1 Jan 1952 and to commander on 1 Feb 1957. I have not a retirement date for him, but since his service entry date was 10 Nov 1941, he probably retired in 1961 or 1962 after reaching his twenty year mark as he retired with the rank of commander.

A picture with Omark from the VT-24 days with the aircrewmen.
VT-24 - Omark & Company.JPG
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